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Gale Holland

Unfair Game

It was 2:15 p.m. when Keith Henson and his friend Gregg Hagglund finished picking up contact-lens solution and shaving lotion at a suburban Toronto mall and climbed into their car. Before they could fasten their seat belts, two unmarked vans squealed up, pinning their Mazda economy sedan in from the......

Spiked in Hollywood

Dave Robb, the investigative reporter at the center of the management upheaval at the Hollywood Reporter, is so old-school he doesn’t seem to realize how he stood out among the many toadies in the murky realm of Hollywood journalism. ”There are other people doing what I do. You don‘t even......

Bobos Get a Break

Bobo alert! It‘s safe to tuck a La Brea Bakery baguette into your hemp shopping tote once again. Teamsters Local 63 and La Brea Bakery management last week settled a five-day walkout by drivers and packers that had threatened the bruschetta and brunch menus of conscience-stricken bourgeois bohemians (bobos) across......
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Tabloid Baby

Burt Kearns was a pioneer in the trash-tabloid programs that reshaped television news in the ’80s and ’90s, bouncing from A Current Affair in New York to Hard Copy in Los Angeles and back again, often with lawyers nipping at his heels. His Tabloid Baby is a numbingly complete account......

Frakentrader?

Photo by Virginia Lee HunterTrader Joe’s turned back attempts this week to clear its shelves of genetically engineered (GE) food, saying there was no way to get “verifiable information” about DNA jimmying in the food supply. In response, the group GE-Free L.A. staged small but noisy protests against “Frankenfoods” at......

A Lasting Wit

In 1986, humorist Margo Kaufman twitted the Today contraceptive sponge in the Urbanites column she wrote for the L.A. Weekly. She was promptly threatened with firing by Today’s ad agency, where she was then working as an account executive. One fat severance agreement later and Kaufman was out of advertising......

Free Speech.org

The LAPD is trying to shut down a Web site that rank-and-file officers started to give a voice to the cop on the beat. Backed by a pricey outside law firm and charges of “cybersquatting,” the City Attorney‘s Office has ordered Detective Andrew Malkhasian, the founder, to turn lapd.org over......
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Taix French

Soon after moving to Echo Park, I came upon Taix, an oasis of old-fashioned dinner-house culture on the edge of downtown. My widowed mother was in a war of attrition with her children over the cocktail hour. We took fiendish delight in denying her a highball by choosing for our......

The Local Vintage

Halfway through my five-week stay in the French countryside last summer, the unthinkable occurred: We ran out of wine. The grace and ease of French country life had by that time seeped into our pores. Each evening, we watched the slanting sun slide down behind the peach-colored stone walls of......

Dig No More

County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says his Proposition A will take a "two-by-four" to the Metropolitan Transit Authority's dysfunctional rail culture. Subway supporters warn it could be the final chapter in the long, tragicomic history of L.A.'s $4.5 billion, 17.4-mile underground system. But even as the Yaroslavsky-financed county ballot measure heads......
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